NAB withdraws request against change in Maryam, Safdar’s indictment

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ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday took back its plea in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) challenging the removal of clauses related to submitting false documents from the charge-sheets of Mayram Nawaz and her husband Muhammad Safdar in the Avenfield corruption reference.

Maryam, daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, and her husband MNA Capt (r) Muhammad Safdar, are along with other family members, accused in the Avenfield properties reference filed by NAB in light of the Supreme Court’s Panama Papers case judgement.

As the IHC division bench took up the case on Monday, the NAB counsel informed the court that the anti-corruption organisation is filing a sub-reference in the case and so it does not need to pursue the matter in the IHC.

During a hearing of the reference on November 8, 2017, the accountability court had approved Maryam and Safdar’s plea regarding removal of the ‘Calibri font’ reference in their indictment.

Accountability Court-I Judge Mohammad Bashir had ruled that the overall paragraph related to the Calibri font will remain in the indictment but ordered the removal of NAB law’s section 3-A which lists punishment for the alleged crime.

Maryam and Safdar had filed an application seeking a change in their indictment on the grounds that their charge-sheet mentions submission of a “false” document wherein the Calibri font was used.